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  • Pandora looks to expand presence, brand

    Pandora looks to expand presence, brand
    Shoppers have come to know the Pandora name for glittering displays of customized sterling bracelets and gemstone charms sold by jewelers or the company's own retailers. But the Danish company kept a lower profile for its Maryland connection — a U....
  • Advocates seek to help trade school students burned by debts

    Advocates seek to help trade school students burned by debts
    Janice Peete-Bey didn't stay long at the Baltimore trade school where she enrolled 25 years ago, leaving after the class seemed useless. But the student loan debt from her noneducation haunts her to this day. Her wages have been garnished, her tax...
  • Medicare unveils $77 billion in payouts nationwide in 2012

    Medicare unveils $77 billion in payouts nationwide in 2012
    Ending decades of secrecy, Medicare is showing what the giant health care program for seniors pays individual doctors, and some physicians got as much as $10 million in 2012. The Obama administration is releasing a detailed account Wednesday of $77...
  • CareFirst dominates health exchange enrollments

    CareFirst dominates health exchange enrollments
    The vast majority of people who bought health insurance through the state's new online marketplace chose plans offered by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the state's dominant insurer. Even more called the carrier and enrolled directly, according to data...
  • Health exchange continues to enroll consumers in insurance

    Health exchange continues to enroll consumers in insurance
    Almost 18,680 people asked for more time to sign up for insurance through the state's health exchange because they had trouble with the website during open enrollment, but exchange officials said Tuesday that many have already had their issues addressed....
  • Climate change demands action [Editorial]

    Climate change demands action  [Editorial]
    The latest findings from the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change are not as bad as some may have expected. Not that climate change isn't worsening — it is. The window to do something about it is still closing, and the potential impact on...
  • Strong apparel, footwear sales send Under Armour profits soaring

    Strong apparel, footwear sales send Under Armour profits soaring
    Under Armour saw profit and sales soar in the first quarter, beating analysts' estimates, but the market punished the athletic wear brand's stock, which fell more than 7 percent on Thursday. The Baltimore-based apparel maker attributed its strong...
  • Obama tells Md. students health care law 'here to stay'

    Obama tells Md. students health care law 'here to stay'
    President Barack Obama used a visit to Maryland on Thursday to push back against congressional Republicans who are working to delay provisions of his health care law set to take effect next week. The president vowed that his signature domestic...
  • What plans are offered on Maryland's health insurance exchange?

    What plans are offered on Maryland's health insurance exchange?
    Marylanders who need insurance under health reform because they don't have it through their employer or a federal plan will be able to get it from a state exchange. Maryland Insurance Commissioner Therese M. Goldsmith discusses the kinds of plans that are...
  • Howard school board approves Patuxent Valley renovation plans

    Howard school board approves Patuxent Valley renovation plans
    Since Patuxent Valley Middle School opened its doors in 1989, the building has undergone no major renovations. That's about to change. The Howard County Board of Education approved a schematic design report last month for a significant renovation to the...
  • Five questions for Bruce Gartner

    Five questions for Bruce Gartner
    Bruce Gartner served as acting executive secretary of the Maryland Transportation Authority for seven months before being named permanently to the position last month. That was probably a good thing because the Annapolis resident needs to hit the ground...
  • Legalization is the best way to reduce the risks of pot [Letter]

    Legalization is the best way to reduce the risks of pot [Letter]
    In response to Nancy Starr's recent letter, those of us who advocate for a regulated, aboveboard cannabis market do not argue that the use of marijuana by adults is not without potential risks or that it cannot be abused by some people ("Don't legalize...